This is the story of how my husband and I moved to Maui with the help of Maui Sales. What started as a joke ended up being a totally and complete life change we desperately needed.
Both my husband and I are freelance writers, so we can do our work remotely from anywhere. One day, as we were sitting in our offices, we joked that we should move to Maui and work from there. “It’s not like it would matter,” he said, “We turn in most of our work in the middle of the night anyway.” Both of us were silent for a few moments after that until I broke the silence with, “Let’s do! Let’s move to Hawaii!” We spent the rest of the night looking up housing and costs, trying to figure out if we could actually make it work.
Though we were up for half of the night researching the possibility of moving to the middle of the Pacific, we couldn’t sleep the rest of the night out of pure excitement. “Why not?” we posed. Why should we be stuck in the rat race of Los Angeles when we didn’t need to be there at all. Sure, we would miss our friends, but it certainly didn’t have to be a permanent move. After all, we had been renting for years and had saved up enough money to buy a home in LA, so why not move to a place that would bring us joy instead of traffic and infinite frustration about parking and soy lattes?
That night, while we were punching numbers and running figures as to what we could afford and where, we came across a real estate website that proved to be very helpful in our search. It was called mauisales.com and was run by The Smith Team, a Maui real estate company. We decided we would call them in the morning to immediately put out feelers as to what properties were available and which ones we could afford.
After making a phone call to their offices, we almost immediately booked a flight to Maui to meet with The Smith Team to look at properties. Sure this whole things seems a bit capricious, but my husband had been complaining about living in LA for years. We were ready for a change. Obviously, if we were hopping on the next plane to see how fast we could move in to a home in Maui.
Although originally, we were thinking of moving to Oahu, we decided on Maui because of its greater community feel. Every time we visit Oahu, we have a great time but we also feel like tourists. In Maui, however, we feel like part of the scenery. It’s hard to explain, we just feel more at home in Maui. So that’s how we ended up calling The Smith Team in Maui to help us find the perfect home for us.
And within the week we were in Maui, we had put down an offer on a house. After some negotiating, we struck a deal and would be able to call the place our home in a matter of weeks. Almost immediately, we felt an immense relief in having purchased a home in Maui. We are told that this is usually the opposite reaction to people buying property in Maui. But we were just so relieved that we were going to be leaving LA, possibly for good, that we didn’t have any regrets or sadness.
We were going to be sad about leaving our friends but we knew that we would get lots of visitors. I mean, who wouldn’t visit their friends if they lived in Maui? We are so happy now that we live in Maui that we wonder if we’ll EVER go back to LA!